Panthers ski to second place
STOWE — The Middlebury College ski team won several events and finished second to host University of Vermont this past weekend at the annual UVM carnival. The Panthers are back in action this coming weekend at the Colby Carnival.
UVM won with 903 points, followed by the Panthers (875), Dartmouth (833) and New Hampshire (643). Nordic races were held at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, while the alpine races took place at Stowe.
Middlebury athletes won three of the four individual events on Saturday, with a second-place finish in the fourth race.
On Saturday the Middlebury women’s Nordic team won the 5-kilometer freestyle, while the men placed second in the 10K freestyle.
Panther Sophia Laukli picked up her first collegiate victory, clocking a time of 14:06. Alexandra Lawson took fifth in 14:28, while Annika Landis was 1.4 seconds behind in sixth.
Peter Wolter took second in 26:28 in the men’s race. Cornwall native Sam Hodges was 10th in 27:33, while Willson Moore was 17th (28:10).
The women’s alpine team won the slalom on Saturday, led by Ali Nullmeyer, who earned her first collegiate win with a time of 1:51.8. Lucia Bailey placed third in 1:54.9, while Madison Lord was eighth in 1:56.8.
Justin Alkier earned his first carnival win on the men’s side, finishing in 1:49.5, and Erik Arvidsson finished fifth in 1:49.5. The Panthers earned third in the event despite having only two finishers.
On Friday Arvidsson prevailed in the giant slalom in 2:12.62, leading the Panthers to victory in the event. Alkier was fourth in 2:13.06, and Tim Gavett was 10th in 2:14.54.
Nina Reichhelm paced the Middlebury women in the GS by taking eighth in 2:19.75. Emma Hall and Madison Lord were next for the Panthers in 18th (2:21.43) and 19th (2:21.75), respectively.
In Nordic classic sprint action, Maddie Morgan, Lawson and Landis all advanced to the final and finished 2-3-4 to lead the Panthers to the team title.
On the men’s side, Peter Wolter advanced to the final and paced the squad in second place, while Josh Valentine was 17th and Hodges placed 23rd.
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